There seems to be two terms of art for those people coming from the world of PCs to Mac.
Switcher – Those who are moving totally to the Mac platform.
Slider – Those who are moving back and forth between the two platforms.
I am definitely in the “slider” camp since I make my living writing code for Windows primarily using Microsoft’s Visual Studio and Adobe’s Flash. And while Flash and some other programs I use like Dreamweaver are available on the Mac, it is pretty much all PCs at the workplace. I have been using PCs at home for years. I started computing by learning basic on a school mainframe and then later owned a Commodore 64, Commodore 128, Amiga 500, and then PC compatibles using DOS and then later Windows 2.0 through every version up to Vista (yes even the horrible Windows ME).
Listening to a lot of podcasts both technical and Catholic I was hearing more and more about using Macs. I got an iPod a couple of years ago and I fast became an admirer of its beauty and ease of use after having several portable mp3 devices starting from a Rio MP3 CD player. The iPod was a gateway device for me to start seriously looking at Apple computers and with the advent of the Intel based Macs and the ability to run Windows via both Boot Camp or in a virtual machine using Parallels or VMware Fusion this was the incentive for me to buy my first Apple computer, an iMac.
Being a lifetime geek I love playing with computers, operating systems, and various programs. Being a Catholic we often talk about the concept of both/and instead of either/ or. So I am quite Catholic when it comes to operating systems instead of being Windows or OSX or Linux – why not both/and?
The point of this blog will be exploring the Mac and making the adjustments from being mainly a Windows users and the best interact with both. I will deal with mostly Mac software, but also hardware as it relates to running both a PC and a Mac.